Boys ride horses bareback in Viñales Cuba.
Photo Norlys Pérez Padrón

Cuba travel alerts and safety – a global perspective

Safer in Cuba than staying at home

In 2018, the world tourism body FITUR declared Cuba the safest country for tourism. Cuba is exceptional. No drugs, gangs, and consequent violent crime. No terrorism, kidnappings, or mass shootings. Cubans look after American guests like family.

How does Cuba travel safety compare to other nations?

Boy riding horse in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So safe and friendly.

As of Friday 15 November 2019, world travel advisories rank Cuba as extremely safe. Guests are told to “take normal security precautions” when visiting the island. The US State Department asks Americans to “exercise increased caution,” placing Cuba on the same safety level as England, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and Belgium.

Lonely Planet travel journal remarks, “There is almost no gun crime, violent robbery, organized gang culture, teenage delinquency, drugs or dangerous no-go zones. If a local comes at you holding a machete, he’s probably about to split open a coconut for you.”  

A welcoming people seek visitors – no overtourism in Cuba

American visits Mural of Prehistory in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So pristine and uncrowded.

Unlike Amsterdam, Barcelona, Machu Picchu, Venice, Paris, and other historic destinations, overtourism is not a problem in Cuba. Overtourism causes housing shortages and high costs for food and services. Resentment builds among locals as only a handful reap tourism profits. Visitors often feel the animosity.

In Cuba, everyone benefits equally from tourism proceeds. Cuba’s chief source of income is used to support free education and health care, and environmental, housing and infrastructure projects. When visiting Cuba, you are elevating the lives of many and embraced as a friend.

Have questions or worries about health and safety in Cuba?

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